Friday, September 18, 2009

Make Up For Ever vs. Kryolan

I have been lusting after the Make Up For Ever Flash Color Palette for a long time now. I have not been able to justify purchasing one for $95 from Sephora but it is on my Christmas list to Santa this year. So I am waiting on what I think may be a pretty good substitute. Kryolan's theatrical makeup palette in FP1. I bought mine on ebay from an authorized reseller for $28 plus shipping and handling.Lets compare the colors in both. Make Up For Ever:
Gold 004 (metallic gold), Coral 002 (vibrant coral), Turquois
e 000 (light turquoise), Fuchsia 005 (bright fuchsia pink), Yellow 013 (vibrant yellow), Brown 023 (dark brown), Silver 003 (metallic silver), White 010 (pure white), Red 017 (bright red), Bright Blue 014 (bright royal blue), Leaf Green 008 (bright green), and Black 011 (pure black).

White - 070, Orange - 288, Yellow - 509, Hot Pink - R21, Blue - Blau 10, Iris - R27, Teal - TK2, Green - Gr42, Orange/Red - 079, Red - 081, Black - 071, Gold -metallic gold.

The main difference I see is that with the Kryolan I don't get a silver or brown. Although I can mix the colors to make brown, so I am only really out the silver and I get to save a bunch of money.

My Kryolan palette is on it's way so as soon as it is here and I get to try it I will follow up with more details. I am not taking the Make Up For Ever off my Christmas List just yet. :-)

YouTube Contest Entries

One of my favorite things to do on Sunday is to play with makeup. And what better to do then come up with new looks and enter them in YouTube contests. This month I have entered a few and here are some pics of the looks that I have come up with. Enjoy!

Bloom is Bloomin Gorgeous!

I bought my first Bloom eye shadow this week. I was looking for a metallic green shadow and after browsing Smashbox, Urban Decay, Too Faced and Cargo I was just about ready to leave the store. Then I found this soft, silky smooth, shimmery green shadow that got me excited. It was Bloom's shadow in "Moss." I had not tried any of Bloom's products before and I think it is because they are hidden in the back row at Ulta. You hear that Bloom - you need to work on your product placement. We can't buy you if we can't find you!

I hurried home and took a handful of bases and swatched this fabulous new green to see what it could do once you gave it something to hang on to. I am happy to report the color just got better and better!

I did notice that not all of the Bloom shadows have this same silky smooth soft feel to them when I was in the store swatching them but they are worth checking out.

The price was $16 retail at Ulta which is much cheaper than the Bloom web site which offers the same shadow for $24.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

LA Colors $1.50!!! Steal of the Week.

I picked up a few new L.A. Colors shadows this weekend in a surprising place. I was in my local Dollar General to buy cleaning supplies when I walked down the cosmetics aisle and these beautiful 5 color eyeshadow palettes caught my eye. At $1.50 each I had to stop. What I love about these three palettes is that they are all metallic. I love metallic sheen in eyeshadows. I know a lot of makeup artists love matte shadows but I am all about the shimmer and sheen.

When I swatched these they had amazing color payoff. I am still testing them out so I will have to give a more detailed review later but so far for $1.50 I really think these shadows are the buy of the week for me.

One thing though, be sure to use a base to keep these colors on all day. I did notice that although the colors are awesome the shadow on it's own doesn't have staying power. These would be great shadows for those who are just trying out using more color.

I purchased:

  1. Tease (Picture at top of post)
  2. Wine and Rose
  3. Unforgettable